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From: "Mac McClure" <>
Subject: [ROOTS-L] Was there any romance?
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 11:44:59 -0800


I have a manuscript written by an early pioneer of Round Valley, in
Mendocino County of northern California. He tells the following
story: There was a white man living with an Indian woman on his
ranch in the Pitt River country of northeastern California. This was
in the early 1860s. About that time, much of Round Valley was set
aside as an Indian Reservation, one of the two large ones in northern
California.. This man had a thriving business selling hay to the US
Army for their livestock. In the early 1860s, the Army was ordered to
round up the Indians and herd them on to the Round Valley Reservation.
The Army came to take this mans woman and their two children along
with the rest. This man begged the Army Captain to let him marry the
woman in hopes that she and their children would not be taken. The
Army Captain refused and took them. Shortly after she was taken, the
man abandoned his valuable business and ranch and followed his family
to live on the Reservation with them. Apparently the children died
soon after, because the writer said they were buried near the town of
Covelo, which is in Round Valley.

This story may not fit the idea of "Romance", as defined by Hollywood,
but to me this is LOVE in its very basic sense. The modern concept of
Romance is only a little over a hundred years old, arising in the
Victorian times. Ladies magazines and pulp fiction writers began the
theme, and it made perfect fodder for the moving picture mills in the
1900s.


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